With storm clouds above and predictions of increasingly bad weather on the horizon, the South all-star football team managed to find time for a little fun April 22 in Ohio Stadium.

With storm clouds above and predictions of increasingly bad weather on the horizon, the South all-star football team managed to find time for a little fun April 22 in Ohio Stadium.

After scoring on a 25-yard run to give the South a two-touchdown lead over the North in the third quarter of the 66th annual Ohio North-South All-Star Classic, Westerville South High School senior Jayshon Jackson dropped back and found Westerville Central tight end Nick Vannett in the end zone for a two-point conversion.

It was among the more entertaining moments of a 25-7 victory for the South.

"I didn't see him until the last minute," Jackson said of the conversion pass. "That's my boy, Nick Vannett."

Jackson, who rushed 13 times for 115 yards and was named his team's Offensive MVP, and Vannett were among 13 players from central Ohio competing for the South team.

Jackson will play for Grand Rapids Community College after being the ThisWeek Super 25 captain last fall and the district's Division I Offensive Player of the Year the past two seasons.

If everything goes as planned academically, Jackson said he likely will sign with Michigan State sometime over the next two years.

"I read the play and just took the seam (on my touchdown run)," said Jackson, who played his third game in Ohio Stadium after the Wildcats participated in the past two Kirk Herbstreit Kickoff Classics. "I've played here twice before, and it's a better feeling every time."

Vannett, an Ohio State recruit playing his first game in Ohio Stadium, had one other reception for 16 yards and Jackson added a 17-yard reception. Walnut Ridge's Austin Traylor, who has signed with Wisconsin, could not come down with a pass from Grove City's Luke Smurthwaite in the end zone two plays before Jackson's touchdown run.

"I just can't wait to get down here and start playing," Vannett said. "I feel like I've got to work on everything. I've got to hit the weight room and work on upper-body strength. This was my first time (playing) in Ohio Stadium, and I can't wait to grind it out, especially in front of the local crowd."

While Cincinnati Colerain's Tyler Williams of the South was named the game's MVP after rushing for two touchdowns, Jackson and Watterson defensive lineman Hunter Maynard received the team's other awards.

Maynard, who helped the Eagles win the Division III state title last fall, had one sack and three tackles while being named the South's Defensive MVP.

Playing in Ohio Stadium for the first time, Maynard was one of two South all-stars who have signed with Bowling Green. Pickerington North offensive lineman Alex Huettel also will play for the Falcons.

"It feels good," Maynard said. "I've had a lifelong dream of being (in Ohio Stadium). I just came in here and tried to relax and have fun, see how I measured up."

Massillon Washington wide receiver Devin Smith, who will play at Ohio State, was named the North's Offensive MVP. Salem's Trent Toothman, a Ball State signee, was the North's Defensive MVP.

Also competing in the game from central Ohio were Olentangy's Bryce Cheek (Akron), Hilliard Davidson's J.D. Detmer (Toledo) and Keith Heitzman (Michigan), Marion-Franklin's Paul Harris and Devante Strickland (Kent State), Groveport's Anthony Pruitt (Kent State) and Worthington Kilbourne's Matt Skura (Duke).

Smurthwaite, who has signed with Kent State, went 0-for-3 passing and rushed for five yards on six carries.

Detmer had a field goal blocked in the first half but made two extra points and added a 42-yard field goal with 1 minute, 59 seconds remaining.

"It's a great time because there are a bunch of great athletes," said Detmer, who plans to play in the Big 33 all-star game June 18 before heading to Toledo a week later. "I thought I did well."

Marion-Franklin coach Brian Haffele was a receivers coach for the South team.

"They're all a great group of coaches and a bunch of really good guys on the team," Haffele said. "Vannett, Traylor, (Kenton's) Max Morrison, Paul Harris, they're all really good guys, and Nick Vannett is a really great young man."